Sunlight Mountain Resort gears up for season opening on Dec. 11 |

Sunlight Mountain Resort gears up for season opening on Dec. 11

Representatives of the Glenwood chamber recently visited Sunlight Mountain to conduct an official ribbon cutting for the new Sunlight Lodge Bed and Breakfast.
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association |


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Sunlight Mountain Resort officials say they have made several improvements to the ski area for the 2015-16 season, including expanded concessions, a major renovation to the Sunlight Lodge Bed & Breakfast, several on-mountain maintenance projects and a new website set to launch in the weeks to come.

Sunlight is scheduled to open Dec. 11.

Sunlight said its staff and local contractors are busy putting the finishing touches on a big renovation to the Out of Bounds Grill. Skiers and riders will welcome an open-flow cafeteria featuring a full lineup of menu items.

Also new will be a renovated outdoor service station located on the west end of Sunlight’s deck to provide slope-side food and beverage service on the weekends. An added fireplace and overhead canopy create an après ski spot for basking in the sun while enjoying local musicians.

Meanwhile, the Sunlight Lodge Bed and Breakfast also underwent a major renovation this summer. Originally built in 1956, the 19-room inn has been updated with more than 2,000 square feet of new wood grain tile flooring and more than 6,000 square feet of new carpeting. Interior decorators have installed several pieces of hand-made, custom furniture and wood-carved artwork. Guests will be greeted at a new custom stone reception desk with granite countertop, and more stonework has been incorporated in the lounge bar and restaurant.

This season the lounge boasts a new menu of après ski entrees including shepherd’s pie, chili macaroni and cheese, and gourmet flame-grilled hamburgers, all prepared by local chef Tim Gomez. The Sunlight lounge offers après ski specials Thursdays through Saturdays, and the Friday Afternoon Club serves up free appetizers from 3-6 p.m.

On the mountain, some beginner terrain has been regraded to make it easier for those new to the sport to develop their skills. Other maintenance projects include the replacement of the main power feed to the top of the mountain, and the Tercero lift received a new paint job.

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